In today’s day and age, the term “hero” frequently gets used and over-used in our popular media. In fact, one may question whether or not the use of this term in popular discourse is consistently accurate or even useful. As you shall learn via your class readings, the great scholar of myth Joseph Campbell offered a vital template for heroes and heroism, and once said that “The achievement of the hero is one that he is ready for and it’s really a manifestation of his character. . . The adventure that he is ready for is the one that he gets.” In his scholarship, Campbell provides a model for the hero and his adventure that is sweeping and highly convincing. But it also suggests that the heroes of myth and legend are, in certain fundamental ways, discernably different than those “heroes” we see in everyday life. With this idea in mind, for your first Blog posting of the semester, I would like you to offer your own definition and justification for a real-life “hero.” This concept is crucial to mythical writing and thus central to our studies this semester, yet it truly is often misunderstood or misperceived. Hence, I’d like you to answer the following question (taking care NOT to rely on Campbell in your own unique explanation): in simple terms, just what IS a hero? In answering this question, you should define, discuss, and illustrate your notion of hero and explain what it means to be heroic. In time, we will test these ideas by seeing how your notions are similar to – or different than – the ideas of Campbell, as well as the actual heroes depicted in myth and legend throughout the ages.